Second Edition, by Frederick J. Wright, M.A., M.D. Cantab., F.R.C.P. Lond., D.T.M.&H. Eng., Senior Lecturer in Diseases of Tropical Climates, University of Edinburgh, and James P. Baird, M.D., F.R.C.P. Edin., F.R.C.P. Lond., Colonel, late R.A.M.C., Professor of Military Medicine of the Royal Army Medical College and the Royal College of Physicians, London. viii + 176 pages, paperbound. E. & S. Livingstone Ltd., Edinburgh and London. 1967. $5.25
This small volume is a supplement to the Eighth Edition of The Principles and Practice of Medicine edited by Davidson. It is a well-written compend of essential information about some of the less common tropical or parasitic diseases such as leprosy, schistosomiasis, and filariasis, which are not included in the “parent” volume. Subjects such as amebiasis, malaria, and kwashiorkor are omitted because they are dealt with in Davidson's text. The descriptions are clearly and tightly written. One is greatly impressed with the economy of language, which presents a rather complete picture of clinical leprosy in eight pages. There are “no-nonsense” discussions of conditions such as tropical ulcer, the etiology of which is not known. The descriptions of therapy are remarkably practical with almost no omission of important details, such as exact doses of drugs and permissible variations. There is no bibliography.